We Had a #Tattoo Contest at #DadChat

Category: #DadChat

My son got a tattoo. He says it’s the first of many. He’s 18. When he came home with THIS ONE – above – it was more than I’d expected. Very big, Very prominent, and Very RED. Is this a battle we parents should fight? We talked #Tattoos, #BodyArt, and Our Kids on Thursday July 12, from 6:00 – 7:00 p..m. PT. Here’s the transcript.

AND, we had a tattoo contest for the best image of a tattoo, while chatting about this new craze that seems to be sticking around – figuratively and literally. Didn’t some of us say that rap would pass? Didn’t our parents and others say the same thing about Rock ‘N’ Roll?

Thank You Matt for the great #DadChat promo (above)!

The two winners of our Tattoo Contest: @papasense and @TPSDetBangild each won an autographed copy of my book. We had a wonderful mom, who comes from a family with a LOT of tattoos as our judge — Shannon Smedstad.

Shannon is a happily married, work-at-home mom (with tattoos) raising two awesome girls who spends her 9-5 working in human resources. Tattoos seem to run in her family, as her mom, dad, brothers, sister and husband are inked up, and her four-year-old is currently sporting a few fake ones, too. She also enjoys reading, yoga, traveling, her morning coffee and a good coupon. Read her article, Is Tattoo Ink Killing Your Job Search!

  • http://www.dadblunders.com/ dadblunders

    I like this idea. I know you aren’t fond of tattoos Bruce so I am sure this can’t be easy for you…. 🙂

    I have two tattoos…maybe I should submit one of them….lol


    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      OF COURSE you should, Aaron!

  • The Real Matt Daddy

    Body art has become so mainstream that body modification – extreme piercings, elf ears, scales inserted under the skin, etc – are the new “fringe”.  The “fringe” will almost always become mainstream, but I’m not sure with the crazy stuff they’re doing now.  That might take a lot longer to become mainstream.  If I think it will pass, does that mean I’m getting old?

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan


    • http://www.8bitdad.com Zach Rosenberg

      I have scales inserted under the skin of my privates. BEST. DECISION. EVER.

      • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

        Hmmm, I think “No comment” is the best response…

  • http://twitter.com/theJessMcHugh Jessica McHugh

    To parents who are against tattoos, I always say this: What’s worse: Tattoos or Skin Cancer? Skin Cancer, right? 
    Well, guess who never forgets to put on sunscreen. That’s right. People with tattoos. 🙂 
    (At least, the smart ones who want their tats to survive the long haul.)

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      Jessica, THAT made me smile! I hope you’ll come to our #Tattoo contest at #DadChat on Thursday!

  • http://cirquedumot.com/new-readers/ Susan Silver

    That Spiderman tat is wrinkling my brain. A tad too far for my taste. I would love to hear what people think on this topic. Tattoos are not going away that is for sure (unintentional humor there).

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      I suspect we will have a VERY lively chat tomorrow!